University Orthopedics 5K on June 22nd will benefit Make-A-Wish Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Rhode Island’s newest running event will benefit Make-A-Wish Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

University Orthopedics and Gray Matter Marketing have announced the launch of a new 5K in East Providence.

The event, which is open to runners and walkers, will be held on June 22nd, 2019. All of the proceeds from the 2019 University Orthopedics 5K will be donated directly to Make-A-Wish Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing.

“University Orthopedics is thrilled to host the inaugural 5K to benefit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” says Aristides I. Cruz, Jr., Pediatric Orthopaedic surgeon with University Orthopedics in a press release announcing the event. “We look forward to showcasing our new location at Kettle Point and believe participants will enjoy the scenic route along the East Providence waterfront. Most importantly, we are doing itto benefit a great cause.”

University Orthopedics, with clinic locations in Barrington, East Greenwich, East Providence, Johnston, Providence, Middletown, North Providence, and West Warwick, is a regional Center for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, with specialties in back and neck pain, joint pain, sports medicine problems, shoulder conditions, pediatric orthopedics, musculoskeletal tumors, hand and wrist problems, hip and knee conditions, trauma, and foot and ankle injuries. UOI includes more than 45 board-certified orthopedic, fellowship trained musculoskeletal and sports medicine physicians.  These specialists are faculty members of the Department of Orthopedics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University who teach medical students, orthopedic residents, and fellowship sub-specialty surgeons. University Orthopedics leads the way with Basic and Clinical orthopedic research on the latest advances in orthopedic surgery and injury prevention.

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“We are so pleased that University Orthopedics has selected Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the beneficiary of this 5K,” says Sara Masri, Regional Director for Make-A-Wish in the release. “They are longtime supporters of our work and their generosity will help us grant life-changing wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.”

Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 500 children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are newly diagnosed with critical illnesses each year. Their vision is to grant the wish of every medically eligible child.

The University Orthopedics 5K is timed and will start on June 22nd at the University Orthopedics campus at 1 Kettle Point Avenue, before turning onto Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, then down Squantum Road and onto the East Bay Bike Path. From there, the race heads north on the bike path with beautiful waterside views of the Providence skyline, before turning back onto Veteran’s Memorial and heading south for a finish on the Kettle Point campus.

Registration is open at, with early bird pricing available through the end of May.

For more information on the event, as well as information on how to sponsor the University Orthopedics 5K, email